Who is the owner of the heritage? - new ICC publication

Why does heritage always belong to someone? What are its social functions? What is today’s society’s relationship to the important yet often difficult past of heritage? How does heritage shape the communities in which we live? This book seeks to answer the questions on the social aspect of cultural heritage.

The book consists of five parts dedicated to issues such as: contentious or unwanted heritage, the role of heritage in shaping the nation, the ownership of heritage sites, immaterial heritage, and the future of heritology. It includes twenty-seven essays by international specialists – sociologists, historians, literary scholars, architects, urban planners, and culture managers – from countries such as Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the UK. Among the authors are Sharon Macdonald, John Tunbridge, and Cristina F. Colombo.

The book is a peer-reviewed collective volume with articles by scholars who participated in the 4th Heritage Forum of Central Europe which took place at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow in 2017. The conference focused on the analysis of mutual relations between heritage and society.

The book is part of the series The Heritage Forum of Central Europe dedicated to cultural heritage with particular focus on Central Europe.
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